Beware!

Visitors to the cemetery on Heal Road in Lincolnville may receive an unexpected greeting from the cemetery’s keeper, which would be … a rooster. As Lincolnville veterans were placing flags on gravestones to prepare for Memorial Day, the rooster, whose feathers were in a ruffle, hopped onto the car of Ron Rainfrette, who was able to get a photograph of him. Another veteran, who was at the cemetery at a different time, attempted to drive to the Lincolnville Police Department with the angry bird on his hood, to turn him in for his actions. The police chief advised the man to return the rooster to the cemetery.

Midcoast in the press

Writer Paul Theroux’s thoughtful travel piece in the June 2011 issue of the Atlantic features “The Wicked Coast.” That would be our coast, in winter. “Maine is a joy in summer, but even more captivating in winter,” writes Theroux, painting a landscape for readers of the Midcoast still gripped by winter. We know it well, those short days and long nights, a time that Theroux describes as a “season of recovery and preparation.” He writes, too, of the people here: “Many small towns I know in Maine are as tight-knit and interdependent as those I associate with rural communities in India or China; with deep roots and old loyalties, skeptical of authority, they are proud and inflexibly territorial.”

Sounds pretty apt.

The coast is also mentioned in the Wall Street Journal’s May 14 “Take a Road Trip” column, along a 94-mile stretch from Freeport to Searsport, as the writer advises “spinning through tidy port towns — stopping to scarf plenty of fresh seafood along the way.” Tour highlights in the Midcoast include Owls Head Lighthouse, Farnsworth Art Museum, Cappy’s, Stone Soup Books and Saltwater Farm in Lincolnville. Read it at http://online.wsj.com/public/page/news-travel-vacation.html.

Laid to rest with military honors

Loren Wirt Bennett III, a Camden High School graduate and retired from the U.S. Army, was laid to rest May 2 with military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. Washington, D.C. was on high alert that day because it was right after the death of Osama Bin Laden was announced. Loren’s gravesite is in the niche near the side of the Pentagon that was hit by a passenger jet on Sept. 11, 2001. Loren’s name, along with his father’s, Loren Wirt Bennett II, and brother, Harvey Bennett, are on the Veterans Memorial monument on the Village Green in Camden.

Voting for a new chamber name

The Penobscot Bay Regional and Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville chambers of commerce may be combining into one organization after a vote on June 22 and are now searching for a new name. They are asking chamber members to vote online now for a preferred name suggested on a provided list, and leaving one field open for any suggestions. The survey will close on Friday, May 20, and the results collated. The three most popular names from the non-binding survey will be on the ballot on June 22.

The name of the organization will be distinct from the brand or brands the new chamber would market across a variety of communities and industries and reflects a combined entity rather than how the chambers brand the various sub-regions, communities and industries they represent.

The list includes:

• Coastal Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce

•Coastal Maine Regional Chamber of Commerce

• Maine Coast Regional Chamber of Commerce

• Midcoast Mountains Regional Chamber of Commerce

• Maine Seacoast Regional Chamber of Commerce

• Schooner Coast Chamber of Commerce